Howard Smith

Howard Smith
23rd July 2009, 20:37
Hi everyone - my first posting.

I am a bell historian with particular interest in the bells of Northumberland and Durham.

Just occasionally a ships bell turns up in a Church, such as H.M.S. Prosperine at Newton Aycliffe.

I have come across a bell in a Church at Blyth ( Northumberland ) and am unable to find any history for it.

Blyth being a port and knackers yard I am not surprised to find a bell in a local Church.

The bell has on it ( very difficult to read though ) ALDORAG 1921.

Please can someone help - Howard

K urgess
23rd July 2009, 21:19
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire, Howard.
I'm sure someone in the crew will be able to help.
Miramar doesn't list a vessel of that name -

non descript
23rd July 2009, 21:30
Howard, a warm welcome to you. Thank you for joining the community and thank you for your first and interesting posting - surely it will ring a bell with someone. Do enjoy the site and all it has to offer, and we very much look forward to your postings. Bon Voyage. (Thumb)

Sister Eleff
23rd July 2009, 23:06
A warm welcome to SN Howard. There used to be a well known shipping line in Australia called Howard Smith & Sons.

Steve Woodward
23rd July 2009, 23:17
Welcome to SN from East Yorkshire, nothing in the RN list of comissioned ships of that name nor anything that I have in other navies so most likely we are looking for a merchant ship, we will have to see what the members come up with

24th July 2009, 17:34
Greetings Howard and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.

26th July 2009, 13:42
Welcome aboard from the Philippines. Enjoy all this great site has to offer

27th July 2009, 19:34
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy the voyage

Howard Smith
28th July 2009, 13:40
The problem of where the bell came from at Newsham Church has been solved.

I have the following 1952 - Nichlaos A - cargo - 4,979 - Panamanian - 1921 - ex Algorab - arrived at a knackers yard in Blyth on 13th June 1952.

Apologies to those who tried to help, I did say it was very difficult to read the inscription and I had it as "Aldorag" which did not help.

Any more info on the Algorab including when and why it changed name would be very welcome.

Howard Smith

28th July 2009, 16:16
ALGORAB Flag Nld. Grt.4938. Sp11k. Built 1922 by Deutsche Werft. Tollerort. 1951 NICOLAOS A. scrapped Blyth 1952.